Transparent Language Online; Rosetta Stone Library Solution | Reference eReviews

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TLO offers not only a wide variety of languages but also different forms of some languages (both Urdu and Urdu–transliterated, for example); Rosetta Stone is popular, but libraries might be better off with a more comprehensive language-learning service.

A Writer’s Life with Librarians: A First Novelist Addresses Librarians at S. & S.’s Summer 2014 Preview

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“When I think about what librarians have done for me over the years—provided a space, kept it neat and attractive, filled it with books and technology and opportunities for growth—I realize that what they were really doing was providing a home for me by another name.”

Guides to Public Speaking, the Upside of Low Self-Esteem, Recovering Intimacy, & More | Self-Help Reviews

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Hoogterp explains how to “work the stage” and be memorable; Rufus describes the upside of low self esteem and a variety of healing strategies; Sayers helps service members and their families readjust after long periods apart

How To Help Kids Stay on Task, Drug-Free, plus Managing Tantrums, & More | Parenting Reviews

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Child psychologists Braaten and ­Willoughby offer a first-of-a-kind book on processing speeds; the “Bible” on kids and substance abuse; Cutchlow’s Zero to Five is the perfect gift for a new parent; Keith’s writing is sharp, her arguments valid, and her book timely

Thor, Batman ’66, Daredevil, plus World War I in Comics, & Much, Much More | Graphic Novels Reviews

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A bloodier, earthier take on the Norse hero, preeminent comics scribe Busiek reveals the the extraordinary side of more ordinary folk living among superpowered movers and shakers, sports fans and history readers will find Kleist’s Boxer mesmerizing

Captivating Romance from Jeffries, Phillips, Putney, & Thomas | Romance Reviews

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Life-­changing secrets and class issues fuel Jeffrie’s plot, Phillips reveals a brilliant flair for the gothic, another memorable masterpiece from Putney, one of Thomas’s most unforgettable yet.

Continental Conquests, Cato’s Debut of the Month, an Epic Series Lineup, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

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In the coming months, readers can look forward to door­stopper novels. Featuring worlds based closely on our own, many of these authors’ stories are epic fantasies, their landscapes painted one word at a time.

Freeman’s Debut of the Month, Keller’s Rural Noir, Maron’s Latest Judge Knott Outing, plus Series Lineup, & More | Mystery Reviews

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­Cleeland is developing a memorable series that will captivate fans, Freeman’s first novel has a strong atmosphere and absorbing well-drawn characters, Maron’s 19th series outing offers loyal fans a fresh look at her expansive family.

They’re Gamers, Not “Girl Gamers” | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

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Since the advent of online gaming and the wider acceptance of the pursuit as a legitimate hobby for adults, everyone who has bothered to do so has noticed that girls and women play games almost as much (and enjoy as much variety) as boys and men.

Cold War History, the Life of Ward, Trials of Ali, plus Fast Scans & Trailers | Video Reviews

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An engaging examination of the influence of Western TV, an overdue reminder of what remains singular about Lynd Ward, a fascinating look into how Ali overcame prejudice through the courage of his convictions, and much more

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